On June 30, unidentified warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes on headquarters of al-Qaeda-affiliated Horas al-Din in the opposition-held part of the western Aleppo countryside, a region that’s considered a part of the so-called Greater Idlib.
The terrorist group confirmed that the headquarters was fully destroyed and claimed that the airstrikes were carried out by warplanes of the US-led coalition. According to the group, the warplanes took off from Incirlik airbase in southern Turkey.
A spokesman for Horas al-Din acknowledged that two of the group’s foreign commanders, Abu Omar al-Tunisian [a Tunisian citizen] and Abu Dujana al- Jazaeri [an Algerian citizen] along with several fighters were killed. Two other senior commanders of the group, Abu al-Zur al-Masri [an Egyitan citizen] and Abu Yahya al-Jazaeri [an Algerian citizen], were injured.
The US-led coalition has not confirmed its responsibility for the airstrikes, yet. This allowed some sources to speculate that the airstrikes were carried out by Russia or Syrian warplanes.
If the US-led coalition involvement is confirmed, this will be the first airstrike of the US-led coalition on Greater Idlib since late 2017. Washington has paused its airstrikes on the al-Qaeda-infested region since then for own reasons.